Owen Herbert Collyns

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File:Owen Collyns Magnificent.jpg
Collyns as a Sub-Lt. in Magnificent, c. 1905.
From official officers' photograph in album of George Napier Tomlin.

Lieutenant Owen Herbert Collyns, R.N. (19 March, 1883 – 10 November, 1909) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Morebath, North Devon the son of landowner Bayly Moore Collyns. Apparently, his father's real estate interests carried him to San Angelos, Texas.

Collyns gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia.

On 9 July, 1903, Collyns was treated at Haslar Hospital for an injury to his left hand which resulted in the loss of the tips of four fingers but left him fit for further service. He commenced a six month course in Submarine Instruction.

Collyns was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 August, 1904 and was appointed on 1 August, 1905 to Thames for submarines. As was common with Royal Navy Service Records at this time, the exact submarines he worked with or commanded is open to some question, but they were likely those under Thames and Forth.

On 10 October 1904, he was appointed to Magnificent, additional. He remained there until 1 August, 1905.

He transferred to the Emergency List on 14 January, 1909 with a view to an appointment in Nigeria under the Colonial Office. Though he was made the Assistant District Commissioner of South Nigeria, this proved a poor career move as he died later that same year at Anakaliki as a result of a gunshot wound.

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Naval Appointments
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. B 5
5 Jul, 1906 – 9 Jan, 1909
Succeeded by
Clement G. W. Head